Conditions

There are many types of cardiovascular conditions. Millions of people are managing one or more. Here we feature articles with insights from health experts as well as patients and their families along with great guidance and resources for managing conditions. 

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Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure (Part Three)

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

The Unrelaxing Heart feat. Queen Latifah & Her Mom, Rita Owens (Part Two)

The second of our four-part series on heart failure featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens.

Big Heart Problem (Part One)

Heart failure sounds catastrophic, and untreated it can be, but with treatment it is a manageable condition.

Heart Transplant Q&A

We asked two experts to clarify a few things about heart transplants in this companion piece to our Winter 2015 cover story, Giving Heart.

Progress in Explaining the Unknown

25 percent to 30 percent of ischemic strokes are unexplained. In medical language, these are called "cryptogenic strokes." Up to 200,000 survivors annually don’t know what caused their strokes.

A Not So Open & Shut Case

Many people live their entire lives and never consider the importance of healthy heart valves. But what happens when a heart valve is not working properly? Heart valve replacement survivor, Robert Epps & expert Dr. Robert Bonow tell us.

Lower Blood Pressure & Cholesterol According to the Latest AHA Guideline

Although none of us can change non-modifiable risk factors such as age, gender and family history, we can embrace the modifiable changes we can make.

Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

It’s no longer as simple as seeing how the numbers stack up. New recommendations for managing blood cholesterol are steering high-risk patients and their doctors toward a more personalized approach.

Women & Stroke

Some risk factors for stroke are exclusive to women, and for this reason, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently published Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women.
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See moreFeatured Personal Stories: Conditions

Don't Do What I Did!

Keith Short is blessed to be alive - a doctor told him so as he let him know his heart had sustained serious damage that could not heal or be repaired. Keith wants others to not do what he did.

Gabby McManus's Why

In August 2013, Gabby woke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders. Much worse than symptoms she’d had the previous few weeks.

Didn't Get to See Fred

Heart disease was never something I worried about much. However, when my father died at 72 during open-heart surgery, I became less cavalier and much more concerned about my own potential for a heart attack.

Small Things with Great Love

Dancer Lindsay Davis kept collapsing during ballet class. She didn’t know she had a congenital heart defect till it almost killed her. Now she wants to save others.

Eric Barr: A Piece of His Mind

Eric Barr nearly died as the result of three strokes from an infected valve replacement. A professor of acting, he wrote and starred in a one-man show about his experience.
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Heart Failure Four-Part Series

Big Heart Problem (Part One)

Heart failure sounds catastrophic, and untreated it can be, but with treatment it is a manageable condition.

The Unrelaxing Heart feat. Queen Latifah & Her Mom, Rita Owens (Part Two)

The second of our four-part series on heart failure featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens.

The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure (Part Three)

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Preparing for Advanced Heart Failure (Part Four)

When heart failure progresses to an advanced stage, there are many decisions to be made. In this final installment of our four-part series, we delve into the importance of shared decision making.
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Resources For Patients & Families

Answers By Heart

Answers by Heart is a series of downloadable patient information sheets presented in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read. They also provide room for you to write down questions to ask your doctor.

Glossary of Heart Disease

The term 'heart disease' is often used - but there are many types of disease that come under this category. This companion piece to "The Heart of a Woman" in our Spring 2015 issue provides a list of some of the most common conditions in the heart disease spectrum.

Health Assessments

By entering a few of your health numbers, our risk tools will provide you with valuable information on steps you can take today to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Take a few minutes to learn your health risks with one of our powerful risk assessment tools.

Heart360 Personal Health Record

Heart360® is an easy-to-use tool which helps you understand and track the factors that affect your heart health - including blood pressure, physical activity, cholesterol, glucose, weight and medications. Heart360® safely and securely stores your information in Microsoft® HealthVault™. Sign up today to manage your heart health!

My Life Check

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health for all Americans. Any person can make these changes and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. Know your heart score.

Patient & Family Support Network

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created an online community called the Support Network. The goal is to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.

Stroke Connection Magazine

For over 20 years Stroke Connection has been the award-winning voice of support, information and inspiration for a vast community of stroke survivors and their families. Now offered exclusively as a digital publication, it's available virtually everywhere.

Trackers & Logs

Nearly twenty different printable trackers and logs for everything from recording your family health history to tracking your physcial activity or preparing for your next visit to the doctor.

Watch, Learn & Live Video Library

Here you'll find informative illustrations and animations about a variety of conditions, treatments and procedures related to heart disease and stroke.
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Departments

Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.